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Weren’t No Good Times edited by Horace Randall Williams

From 1936 to 1938, the Federal Writers’ Project, a part of the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration, hired writers, editors, and researchers to interview as many former slaves as they could find and document their lives during slavery.  More than 2,000 former slaves in 17 states were interviewed. With Weren’t No Good Times, John F. Blair, Publisher, continues its Real Voices, Real History series with selections from 46 of the 125 interviews now archived in the Library of Congress that were earmarked as interviews with Alabama slaves.  These narratives will help readers understand slavery by hearing the voices of the people who lived it.


Randall Williams, an Alabama native, has researched and written extensively about civil rights, segregation, and slavery during three decades as a reporter, writer, editor, and publisher of newspapers, magazines, and books.  He is the former managing editor of Southern Changes magazine and was the founding director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Klanwatch Project.


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